New Journeys, New Journals

I am so excited to announce that I have bought a ticket to Spain for a three week thriller. This is an amazing opportunity to create new memories and adventures before I ultimately go back to Seattle for the summer. My goal is to complete an art journal during my stay in Spain which will include – Galicia, Barcelona, Valencia, Cadiz and, of course, Madrid. ole!

New Journey, New Journal

New Journeys, New Journals

The Killer Heels Exhibit – Brooklyn, NY

Killer Heels Shoe

Killer Heels Shoe

I was fortunate enough to visit The Killer Heels exhibit while they were still on display at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. It was a surprisingly large exhibit with over four rooms and 160+ shoes –  ranging from historic sixteenth century shoes to contemporary RTW heels.

Killer Heels Shoe

Killer Heels Shoe

Killer Heels Shoe

Killer Heels Shoe

Killer Heels Shoe

Killer Heels Shoe

Killer Heels Shoe

Killer Heels Shoe

Killer Heels Shoe

Killer Heels Shoe

I recommend going if the exhibit is headed to a city near you!

Lesson on Portraits – Charcoal on Newsprint

I have always avoided drawing people, well, in particular; their eyes, lips…noses… basically the whole entire face. And unfortunately this week was all about portraits in my drawing course. I was completely terrified, but after my professor explained some simple rules of drawing faces, I was eager to try.

Portrait Practice - Charcoal on 18X24" Newsprint

Portrait Practice – Charcoal on 18X24″ Newsprint

She eased us into it by putting dramatic lighting on our live models so they would be easier to draw. I kept starting over so I wasn’t able to complete a full portrait but every time I restarted I learned something new about drawing faces so i don’t regret it.

First progress shot

First progress shot

Second progress shot

Second progress shot

Charcoal on 12x18" Newsprint

Charcoal on 12×18″ Newsprint

That night I went home and practiced on an image I found online… I was completely amazed by my progress in one day.

I would love to see other people’s portrait work.

Composition Exercise

We were assigned the task of creating an interesting shoe composition using 18×24″ drawing paper and woodless pencils.

My first attempt was in class, I was satisfied with the shading but after our lesson on movement, I felt like the composition was static, the eyes don’t wander around the drawing.

Attempt One

Attempt One

So I had a second go at it. I liked the triangle my composition created but I had misjudged how much room would be left at the bottom of the composition and how close the stiletto was to the top.

Attempt Two

Attempt Two

It kept bothering me until I finally did it again- third time’s the charm, right? Well, in this case it was! I was able to combine my lesson on movement and composition to feel a significant improvement with the final product.

Attempt Three

Attempt Three

Can’t wait to see everyone else’s in class tomorrow.